Book Love Blog “Hopportunity”

bunnyI’m so “hoppy” to have been tagged by writer, reader and critiquer- extraordinaire Carrie Finison for her innovative Book Love blog hop!

The idea is to help promote fabulous books that may not be receiving their due share of positive social media attention. Sure, we love WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE but it continues to sell very well in countless retail outlets under its own momentum.

There are so many fabulous books – old and new – that could use a little boost through additional reviews on social media. Positive blurbs on Amazon, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest can influence other readers and book buyers. Often the number of reviews a book has impacts the book’s ranking in search engine results, which helps increase sales.

Here’s how the BOOK LOVE blog hop works:

1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting.

2. Post reviews  – even brief ones – for those books on Amazon or another form of social media. Try Goodreads, Shelfari, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. If you want, post the reviews on your own blog as well, or link your blog reviews on social media.

3. Snag Dana Carey’s awesome BOOK LOVE badge for your blog sidebar. If you wish, link it back to Carrie’s post so your visitors know what it’s all about.

4. Tag some friends to join us through their blogs or on Facebook. That’s it! If you don’t want to wait to be tagged, you can jump right in and start reviewing and tagging yourself.

Here are the books that I’m promising to promote on the interwebs to garner a bit more book love:

pineskunkA Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk

Poetry books are often shelved together, away from picture books. But young readers will love discovering these funny, fabulous, tongue-tickling, toe-tapping forest critter poems!




DAREDare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

An inspiring true tale of a naval pioneer and heroine who “had always felt the sea tug at her heart, strong as a full-moon tide.”



Snippet the early risersnippet

A super cute snail in a fresh story with lots of kid appeal and clever illustrations. Also a great book trailer and activities to download.





I’m passing on this Book Love Blog “Hopportunity” to four fab friends who read and review countless terrific tales on a regular basis: Stacy Jensen, Julie Rowan-ZochTeresa Robeson and Ronna Mandel from the ever-inspiring book review blog Good Reads with Ronna!

But if you are feeling inspired, don’t wait to be tagged, just *jump* on in!


About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Children's book author, repped by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, alumna, autism advocate, book reviewer. Reach me via email at or Twitter @catballoumealey
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25 Responses to Book Love Blog “Hopportunity”

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    These look awesome. I ‘ve wanted to read the first one for ages.

  2. These look fantastic, Cathy! I will definitely look for them. And thanks for hopping in. 🙂

  3. You are so funny (or is that punny), Cathy! 😀 I’m going to look for all three of those books.

  4. Sue Wang says:

    You had me at “A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk” -sure to be fun for kids. Makes me think of the Stinky Cheese Man. A great idea and people contribute and pub their notable books! I wish I can read fast enough 🙂

  5. A great idea, indeed! And I like your choices! They go together quite well! I’m off to look for that hint of skunk book.

  6. All great picks, Cathy!

  7. What a great idea to feature books that may not get the PR they deserve. You’ve shared books I’m not familiar with and they all sound look interest. Thank you!

  8. This is a fabulous idea! There are so many books that need attention! Dare the Wind is wonderful. I look forward to reading the others!

  9. tinamcho says:

    Those look like really cute books. I must get hopping on my blog post as well!

  10. Oh, Snippet looks adorable.

  11. Hannah Holt says:

    What a hoppy post! You make me laugh. Thanks for the reviews. Your choices sound great.

  12. Pingback: Book Love Blog Hop - Stacy S. Jensen

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